What size battery does the aerator take and how long will the batteries last under continuous operation.
The aerator runs off two D-size batteries. It will operate off just one, but the continues running time will be shorter. Average continues running time on two batteries is twelve to sixteen hours , sometimes more depending on the outside temperature and quality of the batteries. Field test show cheap batteries run about eight to ten hours.
Will the bucket still dispense in freezing conditions?
If the water temperature in the bucket gets near the freezing stage and ice crystals begin to form on the surface and side walls, the lifting strainer may not be able to bring the bait towards the surface to dispense the bait out the dispensing chute. The bucket is perfectly functional when ice fishing from within ice fishing huts and houses where the interior is kept slightly above freezing.
R & D is working on a battery operated heater for the bucket that would maintain the water temperature at forty three degrees. This would allow the ice fisherman to use the bucket out on the ice with no issues of freezing and would prevent death of the bait from water temperature shock when placed in near freezing water temperature just under the ice.